Currency

Kenyan shilling (KSh)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$100

  • Hostel or budget hotel: US$15–50
  • Camping: from US$20
  • Eat in local restaurants: US$2–5
  • Travel by matatu (minibus): US$1–5
  • Share wildlife drives with other travellers: US$20–40

Midrange: US$100–250

  • Double room in midrange hotel: US$75–150
  • Independent safari with car rental (two people): US$75–100 per day
  • Full board in lodges: US$150–250

Top end: More than US$250

  • Double room in top-end hotel: from US$200
  • lunch and dinner in top-end restaurant: US$30–40
  • No-expenses-spared safari in luxury tented camps: from US$600

Bargaining

As a general rule, bargaining is expected in markets and street stalls, especially those that sell handicrafts aimed at tourists. It is sometimes possible to negotiate a discount for taxis (especially if chartered for a set period) and accommodation (depending on the season), but this varies from one place to the next. Most other prices are usually fixed.

Money

Paying for National Park Entry

From 2017, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) national parks and national reserves are no longer allowed to accept cash as payment for entry. Payment has to be made via credit card or m-Pesa (mobile-phone-based money transfer). If you only have cash, you can get a bank deposit slip from any Standard Chartered or Kenya Commercial bank.

We found that at some of the smaller parks you can still pay cash (particularly if the card machine is not working, which happens often), though it is better not to take the risk.